Memorial service scheduled for WFU professor Elizabeth Phillips
August 25, 2008
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 in Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall in memory of Elizabeth Phillips, professor emerita of English, who died June 24. Distinguished speakers and musical guests will celebrate the life and work of Phillips, who was one of Wake Forest’s earliest female faculty members. A reception for guests will take place after the service in the lobby
Phillips taught at Wake Forest from 1957 to 1989, and after retiring served a year as acting coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She was the author of three books, “Edgar Allan Poe: An American Imagination,” “Marianne Moore” and “Emily Dickinson: Personae and Performance.” In 1992 she received the Medallion of Merit, the highest award for service to Wake Forest. In 2007, the Women’s and Gender Studies program established an award in her name for the student author of the best essay concerning gender issues.
A native of Spruce Pine, Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. During her years at Wake Forest, she twice took one-year leaves to teach at Seoul National University in South Korea. She also lectured at the University of Oslo in Norway.